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Released: 06/2012

How Can Grantmakers Focus on Nonprofit Talent to Grow Impact? explores the importance of supporting nonprofit talent development, the unique talent needs of nonprofits seeking to grow their impact and how grantmakers can help.

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Released: 01/2011

A case study from the Center for Effective Philanthropy, Lessons from the Field: From Understanding to Impact, provides an in-depth look at how three foundations cultivate an understanding of their fields and then turn that understanding into more effective grantmaking.

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Audience: All Members



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Released: 06/2010

What is the right relationship between philanthropy and government? Working with Government: Guidance for Grantmakers describes the advantages and pitfalls of collaborating with government - a style of working that seems to be on the rise. The guide includes stories and case studies from partnerships involving foundations and government agencies at all levels, as well as tips for maximizing the value of partnerships from government's point of view.

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Topic: Collaboration



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Released: 11/2014

Largely beneath the radar, a small but growing group has begun pursuing the innovative path explored in this report. Mostly in small steps—but sometimes in larger ways—they are adopting elements of what could emerge as a new anchor mission to deploy all resources to build community wealth.

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Resource Type: Best PracticeReport
Funding Area: Community Development



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Released: 12/2013

From 2004 to 2012, Third Sector New England and clusters of nonprofit organizations joined in a unique grant program designed to further social change through united effort. In Funding Learning Networks for Community Impact readers will learn lessons from eight years of grantmaking in the area of nonprofit networking and explore the design of the CBF program where nonprofits planned, learned, and built relationships that enabled them to work together to achieve common goals.

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Released: 01/2015

Sanitation is one of the most critical issues that developing countries face. In this SSIR article, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation shares its findings and that in order to be effective, the work of philanthropy should not just be innovative but also cumulative.

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Audience: All Members



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Released: 02/2015

Paul Shoemaker of Social Venture Partners Seattle shares his thoughts in this essay published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review on funders can create breakthrough social change through their philanthropic practices.

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Released: 11/2015

Michigan residents are generous with their time, skills and resources, but with many new ways for charitable organizations to raise funds, it’s now more important than ever to make sound decisions when donating money and volunteering. Here are some helpful tips for making those choices:

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Released: 12/2015

This report offers practical guidance on philanthropic organizations can use advocacy effectively to advance their mission.

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